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Events in 2010@ Carlson's

Sunday, December 19, 2010

3rd Annual

Paul Rumbolt Christmas Concert

There will be a matinee and evening performance.
Details to follow

Paul RumboltPaul is an accomplished musician and arranger, gifted songwriter, and captivating performer. When writing songs for his new album, SongSmith, Paul traveled coast to coast and south of the border in search of experiences that would ultimately become songs. A native of Newfoundland and a 15-year resident of the Alberta Foothills area, Paul has graced large stages, intimate coffee houses, and family kitchens alike in his travels across the country.
For Paul, the most rewarding aspect of a lifetime of music has been the opportunity to share, collect, and create stories with the people for whom he has been privileged to perform. Now, with the release of his 5th album, Paul returns to his musical roots with a work that speaks of his love of the people and places a life in music has brought him. Paul draws on his gift of storytelling as he revisits the singer-songwriter folk genre that has influenced him most.
A fixture in the Southern Alberta musical community, working with such notables as Cindy Church, Nathan Tinkham, Amos Garratt and Dave Hamilton, he has a regional and national following with a fan base that ranges from folk lovers to those that simply enjoy his intricate song stylings and his incredible voice.

  • Paul possesses a rare combination of talent, musical taste, great songwriting and wonderful singing; when woven together with his sincere love of the music, his performances create a warmth that is truly refreshing and infectious; the real thing. Cindy Church
  • Paul is a fine tenor , an uplifting composer and….a cool dude! Amos Garratt
  • Very, very good…even excellent! I was blown away… Tom Coxworth, CKUA Radio

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Bruce Innes & Friends

Featuring: Sue Leonard and Julian Kerr

Bruce Innes is a singer of remarkable style and expressiveness, a gifted songwriter of unique wit and humor, and a consummate performer on acoustic guitar and piano with an impressive command of musical styles ranging from blues and folk to pop and standards reflecting a long musical heritage which includes international top ten hits and gold records.  He is an extraordinary musician and a captivating entertainer.
Bruce Innes’ career has been most fortunate. He has recorded many albums, had hit records, written songs for other notable performers, produced award winning recordings and worked with numerous celebrities. From this background, Bruce crafts a show rich in music, song, entertainment, and musical history punctuated with personal experiences and observations - from an overnight stay in a Mexican hoosegow with Hunter Thompson, to games of baci ball in the Canadian woods with members of the Chad Mitchell Trio, to an all-nighter on a beach after a movie wrap party with one of Hollywood’s legendary imbibers.
PERFORMING on stage and television throughout the world, APPEARING with fabulous talents such as Joni Mitchell, Josh White, Ray Charles, The Carpenters, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Ian Tyson, and Seals and Croft , WRITING two top ten international hits, PRODUCING The Western Music Association 2003 album of the year, AIRPLAY world wide for his latest CD, Nothin But The Blues, on blues radio stations in France, Sweden, Spain, U.S., Argentina, and Australia, CONTINUING to collect new fans, friends, and experiences  which he weaves into story and song - all of this is a part of the fabric of a very personal performance by a masterful musician and entertainer. 

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Friday, December 3, 2010 - After the Parade:

Admission: Donation to “HEAVEN CAN WAIT ANIMAL RESCUE”

 

Carlson’s on Macleod 4th anniversary

There is going to be a party and your invited!

Music by “THE REMBETIKA HIPSTERS”

Watch the Santa Clause Parade from our (heated) patio and then help us celebrate our 4th anniversary.

Rembetika: A popular genre of Greek music comparable to the blues.  Featuring:
Lincoln Frey (Clarinet, Squeezebox), Nick Diochnos (Bouzouki, Vocals) Allen Baekeland (Vocals, guitar), Ben Johnson (Percussion, other) and Jonathan Lewis (Violin, Baglama).

Hipsters: like the Greek Manges; cool dudes, hep cats in the know, those of a subculture on the fringe of society.
The Rembetika Hipsters are a nationally-acclaimed Greek music group based in Calgary, Canada. Since 1996, their repertoire has included authentic Greek Rembetika songs, original Canadian compositions in Greek, Balkan & Middle-Eastern styles, contemporary belly-dance instrumentals and jazz-influenced bouzouki pop.

THE REMBETIKA HIPSTERSMeet the Rembetika Hipsters: a group of Calgary-based musicians, only one of whom is Greek-born, who over the past decade have toured across Canada spreading the word about the underground music they love - rembetika, which some have called the "Greek blues" with its songs of poverty, dislocation, heartache and hashish. Rembetika's origins are in the former Greek communities scattered across Asia Minor and the shanty towns that emerged around port towns such as Pireias and Thessaloniki in the early years of the last century. The music is characterized by its use of swirling Middle Eastern rhythms and modalities, and in the use of unusual stringed instruments such as the bouzouki and the tiny baglama.
The band was started as a duo in 1996 by Nick Diochnos (bouzouki, vocals) and Allen Baekeland (guitar,vocals), longtime musical pals who were looking for a departure from their rock and country backgrounds. Nick had taken up the bouzouki under the teaching of master Toronto musician Kostas Apostolakis, who introduced him to the incredible and somewhat forgotten catalogue of  pre-WW II rembetika songs. Nick and Allen began performing these songs in Calgary Greek eateries, where they met and added multi-instrumentalist Ben Johnson (percussion, santour and tzoura, similar to the bouzouki). Soon Lincoln Frey (clarinet, saxophone and accordion) was added from Calgary's jazz scene and Brigitte Dajczer (violin) completed the quintet. This lineup began writing and recording original songs in the rembetika tradition, coloured by their backgrounds in jazz, rock and experimental music. The band released two acclaimed CDs, Architects of Narghile (2001) and Dinner In Polidroso (2004) and toured festivals, clubs and concert halls from the Maritimes to the Yukon. In 2004, Network Records in Germany licensed a track from Architects for their brilliant compilation of modern rembetika music, The Diaspora of Rembetiko.
With the departure of Brigitte for Montreal, where she has a very active career in the world music scene (Les Gitans De Sarajevo, Juan Jose Carranza and many others), the Hipsters were joined by another superb multi-instrumentalist, Jonathan Lewis (from Calgary’s infamous Plaid Tongued Devils) on violin, baglama and accordion.  Brigitte continues to perform with the band on eastern Canadian excursions and whenever she drops into Calgary.
The Rembetika Hipsters have twice visited and performed in Greece, most recently in June 2006, where they met and played with outstanding Greek musicians such as clarinet maestro Petroloukas Halkias and rembetika revivalists Giorgos Xindaris and Manolis Dimitrianakis. In December 2006 they celebrated their 10th anniversary with a sold-old concert at Calgary's Center For the Performing Arts featuring an eight-piece lineup. This past summer they toured festivals and theatres in the western provinces. They are currently constructing their third CD for release in 2008. And every Wednesday evening for close to five years,  the Hipsters have returned rembetika to its intimate and natural element, sitting around the table singing and playing at the well-loved Calgary Greek restaurant, Pegasus.

Visit them at: www.rembetika.com

Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue
Heaven Can Wait provides shelter, care and nourishment to abandoned, abused and homeless domestic animals within High River and the surrounding area. This includes altering of the animals, providing vaccinations and tattoo in addition to identification and treatment of any other health issues. We source new homes for the animals through the use of advertising, media, event planning, internet, open houses, networking and any other such opportunity that arises to promote adoptions.

Box 6131
HIGH RIVER, Alberta T1V1P7
Phone: 403-601-2520
Fax: 403-601-2530
Email: hcw@telusplanet.net
Website: www.heavencanwait.ca

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 7:30 PM - Tickets: $15.00

Highway 3 Roots Review

Featuring: Dave McCann, Leeroy Stagger & John Wort Hannam

Dave McCann is the latest full time musician to move to our little piece of heaven out on the prairies.  Dave's had a busy year with the release of his third studio Album "Dixiebluebird".  His latest offering saw Dave and his band do the Canadian unheard of and head South to Nashville to record with Rodney Crowell sideman Will Kimbrough.  The result is an 11 song masterpiece that invokes the spirit of early Whiskeytown and a Twangier Wilco.  As far as Canadian roots music goes "Dixiebluebird" is a strong candidate for album of the year.
The rural outskirts of British Columbia is a place where desperation lurks and the bars are full of broken-hearted dreamers wondering what the hell’s happened to them.  Raised here by his grandparents and his mechanic-father, it’s no wonder that an air of domestic discord and dreams of white picket fences charge the song craft of one Leeroy Stagger.
From the prairies in Southern Alberta comes one of Canada’s best folk/roots songwriters, John Wort Hannam.  For five years John Wort Hannam taught grade 9 language arts on the largest reserve in Canada – The Kainai Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. But in 1997 he heard a Loudon Wainwright III record and was hooked by the music and stories.  In 1998 he bought a guitar and learnt some chords. In 2002 he quit teaching and began to pursue the dream of being a working musician. 

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Legendary Amos Garrett with Keith Smith and Greg Carroll

Calgary blues and roots rocker, Steve Pineo has it all says Mike Ross of the Edmonton Sun. “He
Sings well, plays guitar like he sleeps with the thing, and writes excellent songs.” “He’s a great
Singer and instrumentalist—he managed to capture the essence of legends without sounding
derivative. That’s a gift!” adds Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster.

Jazznight at Carlson's

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007What they are saying about "GET WAY BACK"

"Garrett might have met his perfect match on this tribute to singer-songwriter Percy Mayfield. Amos Garrett's guitar work is a soulful blend of elegant rhythmic attack and scintillating lead lines. He has a way of turning the normal into the improbable, kind of like changing the rules of algebra, but they still work.Performing Mayfield's music, he sneaks up on the emotions of the song's with a weathered voice that feels like it's coming from a favorite friend.Get Way Back is one of those albums that just had to be made, but still is a swinging suprise."  -- Sun Newspapers -- Los Angeles, Ca. May 16/08. 

"Besides booming, forceful baritone and teeming guitar solos and riffs,Garrett's adaptations are fortified by excellent horn section arrangements from Dave Babcock, and some stirring keyboard and organ contributions from Ken Whiteley and Ron Casat.Garrett's versions never lose either the flavor or the impact that their creator envisioned."  -- Nashville City Paper -- May 2/08 

"Garrett's smooth baritone voice, his sublime guitar playing and superb band arrangements are a perfect fit for the masterful songs of Percy Mayfield, "the poet laureate of the blues."  -- Montreal Gazette -- May 15/08

"Garrett,an Alberta transplant from Detroit via T.O. and Montreal, has arguably made the best record of a damn good (and long) career,paying homage to Percy Mayfield with suitably understated delivery and big time blues chops."  -- Calgary Herald -- May 9/08

"Get Way Back is such a masterpiece and powerful musical statement that it leads listeners to think the marriage of Garrett's multiple gifts and Mayfield's wondrous songbook was determined by some otherworldly force."  Edmonton Journal -- May 3/08

" Amos Garrett has completed a stirring tribute to one of the best loved and most prolific writers in all of blues.Get Way Back may well be the masterpiece in Amos' long and storied career!" Until next time...

Don and Sheryl Crow.-- Music City Blues, Nashville,Tenn. May 22/08 

Visit Amos at: melmusic.com/amos_garrett

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Morgan Davis

Bluesnight at Carlson's

Morgan DavisFor nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.
Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada.
While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960's, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto's music scene in the early 1970's was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.
Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox's first band, eventually forming his own trio.
Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John.
 Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Sue Foley, Ray Bonneville, Carlos DelJunco and the late Dutch Mason.
Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie".
Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine", on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.
Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band.
His most recent recording, "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.
Morgan's passion for the Blues has never wavered... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.

AWARDS:

  • 2005:  Songwriter of the Year, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2004:  Blues Album of the Year, Painkiller, "JUNO"
  • 2004:  Recording of the Year, Painkiller, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2004:  Male Vocalist of the Year, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2004:  SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2004:  Producer of the Year, Morgan Davis with Alec Fraser for Painkiller, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2000:  Acoustic Artist of the Year.  "Toronto Blues Society"
  • 1999:  Producer of the Year, Blues Medicine, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 1999: Song Writer of the Year, SOCAN, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 1996:  Blues with a Feeling Award, "Toronto Blues Society"
  • 1995:  Blues Band of the Year, "Jazz Report"
  • 1994:  Blues Artist of the Year, "Jazz Report"

 

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Friday, November 12, 2010

HammCorner

Don Hamm and Wayne Corner's shared love of original acoustic folk music ignited the creation of HammCorner as a folk music partnership 2 years ago.

The stories and images of Don's lyrics combined with Wayne's stylings on guitar and mandolin produce an even-tempered, sometimes challenging sound that is truly their own.

Since their last appearance at Carlson's on Macleod in March, they have written many new songs and participated in an inter-active songwriting and performance workshop with John Wort Hannam and John Rutherford.  They will share some of this new work during this November 12th performance along with past favorites.

HammCorner is excited to be back at Carlson's to play the same stage as some of Canada's best talent.  – Wayne Corner & Donald Hamm, Sept. 13/19

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UPDATED Saturday, November 13, 2010

Steve Pineo and the Blue Monday Trio

High River’s own “Calum Graham” will be the guest artist.

Steve Pineo• Steve Pineo: Acoustic guitar, electric guitars and mandolin
• Kelly Kruse: Drums / percussion
• Kit Johnson: Upright and electric bass
• John Hyde: Bass (Honorary Blue Mondayer for life).

Blue Mondays at Mikey’s Juke Joint was started almost three years ago as a vehicle for Steve (who is know for his wide range of styles) to home in on the style he cut his teeth on-the blues. Going way back in his catalogue, Steve has dusted off some classics from his days with Steve Pineo and the Groovemakers who tore up the scene some twenty years ago! A steady gig in a friendly environment has also inspired Steve to pen a few new classics. In fact, Steve has written a few NIGHTS worth of blues and blues inspired songs (as well as a few screwball surf rock instrumentals) often bringing a new song a week.
The Blue Monday Trio has appeared at the Full Moon Folk Club, The Calgary Folk Music Festival, The Mountainview Music Festival, Jazz on the Lake at Sylvan Lake and the BBQ at the Bow to overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. Steve recently added a two piece horn section (Mike Clark-tenor sax and Allistair Elliott-trumpet) for select shows. Don’t miss a great night of smoking playing and superb songs!
Steve Pineo is the writer of “Canadian Man” by Paul Brandt and “Too Bad For Me” by Prairie Oyster. He is also a unique and talented performer in his own right. Working as a solo act, with an acoustic trio, with a four piece roots rock band or an 8 piece horn band, Steve’s sound is immediately recognizable. Like Ry Cooder and Mark Knopfler, Steve is a virtuoso guitar player who’s style was originally blues-based but has expanded its palette over the years. Also like Cooder and Knopfler, Steve writes about characters who could be part of a soundtrack in a “slice of life” movie. His flair for sly satire and gentle humor is comparable to John Prine and Ray Davies.
Steve was born in Toronto Ontario, learned guitar at age nine, moved to Calgary in 1978, went to Western Canada High School, took a brief stab at post secondary at U Vic., and then started his musical career. He played solo acoustic gigs at the Kensington Deli Café one night and blues gigs at the King Eddie the next day and was virtually unstoppable at house parties. With a legendary bag of songs, he could sing until sun up without repeating a tune. Although he’s a little older and wiser now, Steve Pineo still pursues his music with a relentless, restless passion and a thirst for truth and inspiration that will continue for the rest of his life.
• Calgary blues and roots rocker, Steve Pineo has it all says Mike Ross of the Edmonton Sun. “He sings well, plays guitar like he sleeps with the thing, and writes excellent songs.” “He’s a great singer and instrumentalist—he managed to capture the essence of legends without sounding derivative. That’s a gift!” adds Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster.


Calum Graham’s Awards:

• 2010 Winner of the Canadian Guitar Competition
• 2009 Canadian Youth Talent Competition Winner
• 2009 Calgary Stampede Talent Search Grand Prize Winner

Visit Steve @ www.myspace.com/stevepineo

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Saturday evening Nov. 6 and Sunday afternoon Nov. 7

Gordon Belsher and Cynthia MacLeod

Guest Artist Sarah Troy Clark

Gordon Belsher & Richard WoodGORDON BELSHER has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than a quarter of a century performing solo at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions, and pubs.
 As accompanist and featured vocalist with Prince Edward Island fiddlers Richard Wood and Cynthia MacLeod, Gordon has toured extensively across Canada, in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Japan.
 His solo CD Call Up All the Neighbours was nominated for "Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year" at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards.  His previous solo recording Reel in the Flickering Light, was also nominated at the 2003 ECMA's in the same category.
Whether playing before large festival crowds or in intimate folk club settings, Gordon Belsher’s engaging personality, charming voice, and versatility on a variety of instruments are a recipe for a memorable evening.
Interestingly enough, Gordon began his musical career in the late 1960s in Edmonton, Alberta.  From his teen years with a working rock and roll band pounding out the latest Beatles tunes for dance crowds in Edmonton, he followed his rock and roll dreams into bands that toured extensively across Canada and into the U.K.  By the mid-seventies he was touring across Canada as a sideman for rock and roll pioneer Buddy Knox ("Party Doll").
A move to Prince Edward Island in the late seventies led to a change in musical direction.  Belsher formed the seminal Maritime Celtic group Jar O'Comfort. Over a 16 year span, the group released four albums - all of which were well received by both critics and audiences alike.

Cynthia MacLeodCYNTHIA MACLEOD:   From her home base in tiny Prince Edward Island, Canada, fiddling sensation Cynthia MacLeod has built an international reputation that is expanding around the globe.
It’s a reputation founded in raw talent, nurtured by boundless energy, and polished to a gleaming finish by a touring schedule that has taken her across Canada, through New England, and as far away as Japan. Audiences far and wide have thrilled as this tiny dynamo takes the stage for whirlwind performances that garner spring-loaded standing ovations everywhere she performs.
Just as remarkable is the acceptance and respect accorded Cynthia by her peers. In a part of the world known for dazzlingly talented fiddlers, fellow musicians have awarded her more than a dozen Music PEI awards, including multiple awards as Roots/Traditional Artist of the Year and Instrumental Artist of the Year. She has also twice been chosen by audiences as Entertainer of the Year.
And all this before she’s 25 years old.
In that time, she has produced three critically-acclaimed (and top-selling) CDs.  Head Over Heels (2002) won her instant credibility with a hard-bitten music industry and was named Album of the Year.  Her second CD, Crackerjack (2004), built on her growing reputation as a precise, lively interpreter of traditional fiddle music.  Hot Off The Floor (2007) combined that traditional sound with newer compositions and cemented Cynthia’s place among the very best in East Coast fiddle music.
Cynthia’s grace and charm with an audience is unchanged whether she is performing at home at her perpetually standing-room-only ceilidhs in Brackley Beach, PEI, or taking the stage in front of thousands at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan.  She is equally comfortable in an intimate workshop in New England, an enormous festival setting in Cape Breton or Goderich, Ontario, or bursting onto the stage to a packed house in St. Albert, Alberta or Whistler, B.C.
Her growing fan base across Canada and throughout the New England states knows what to expect from Cynthia – soft-spoken down-home charm followed by a high-energy, electrifying show with fun, fiddle, and step-dancing – and often all three at the same time!

Sarah Troy ClarkSarah Troy Clark At just 16 Sarah Troy Clark is already a prolific songstress and recognized as a captivating performer. Her angelic voice moves audiences with original songs and lyrics that demonstrate depth far beyond her years. Couple this with beautiful original piano compositions and you have the amazing young performer that is Sarah Troy Clark.

Sarah released her 2nd major release of 11 original songs entitled ‘Unforgettable’ on May 30, 2009. In August 2009 the CD and singles were made available on iTunes. In July 2010 Sarah was accepted into the Berklee Summer Performance Program in Boston where she was also featured in the Singer/Songwriter top 10 showcase with her original song, ‘Just Keep Singin’. Berklee also awarded Sarah a full tuition scholarship for their 2011 Summer Performance Program. 2010 has been filled with many unique and exciting performance opportunities for Sarah including SledIsland, YoUthtopia, Carlson’s, Roberto Osberg Gallery, etc.

Sarah's musical style is singer/songwriter with undertones of contemporary rock, pop, blues and jazz. Her songs explore the passion and emotion in the many aspects of her life and are easy for most to relate to.
Sarah is constantly writing new music and enjoys spending time in the studio preparing for her next CD, which is expected to be released early 2011. Her inventory of new songs continues to grow and she is becoming a well sought after co-writer. Sarah was born a musician and loves to perform for large and small audiences. Her fans are entranced by her musical abilities and amazed at her maturity and relaxed, captivating stage presence.

Sarah Clark is a singer/songwriter. The singer/songwriters who succeed are the ones who embrace music for life - who continually learn and develop as artists over a lifetime. They collaborate effectively and are innovative in their writing and in their performance. They are unafraid - unafraid to try - to press the envelope. Sarah is this kind of artist. She is unafraid to try. She collaborates with other musicians, and is keen to learn. Opportunities open to creative minds like Sarah Clark -.Brian Farrell, Artistic Director and vocal coach

AWARDS:

  • Album of the Year for Head Over Heels (2002)
  • Instrumental Artist/Group of the Year (2002, 2003 & 2004)
  • Roots/Traditional Artist/Group of the Year (2002, 2003 & 2004)
  • New Artist of the Year (2002)
  • Female Artist of the Year (2002)
  • Country Artist/Group of the Year (2004)
  • Entertainer of the Year (2003 & 2004)
  • Group of the Year with former bandmates Fiddlers’ Sons (2002)

Visit Gordon at: guernseycove.ca/Bio_Gordon.asp

Visit Cynthia at: cynthiamacleod.com

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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Hamiltone Trio

Featuring:  Dave Hamilton, Mel Wilson & Julian Kerr

The Hamiltone TrioDave Hamilton not only plays the guitar, he is a master of the guitar.  Dave is also actively involved in studio production for many artists and can be reached at Hamiltone Productions.
Dave Hamilton has been producing music since the early 1980's and has owned and operated his own studio, Hamilton Productions, since 1990.  For over 30 years he has been playing guitar professionally and he has won the "Alberta Instrumentalist of the Year" award three consecutive years (1990 / 91 / 92).  Over the years Dave has played Country, Country Rock, Pop Music, Jazz, Western Swing and various other styles of music that he can delve into for inspiration, as well as copying the styles heard on the radio today.
Mel Wilson has played with such luminaries as Diamond Joe White, Ian Tyson and Amos Garrett.

(Mel) Wilson’s been playing guitar since he was 12, after seven years of playing piano.  He went to Midwestern University in his native Texas, studying music, but not guitar.
“I did woodwind, if you can believe that, I play clarinet,” he said with a laugh.
He’s been a professional musician since he was 15 and has played with many illustrious musicians through the years, including a long stint in Ian Tyson’s band.  He plays what he calls “traditional country,” nothing like what he says you hear these days.
“What they call country music today is pop that wasn’t good enough to play on pop stations so they call it country,” he said with a laugh.
He cites some of his main influences as Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, and Hank Williams Sr. He said a few years ago he got to play a set with Don Helms, the steel guitar player for the Drifting Cowboys, Williams’ band.    Excerpt from the High River Times

Julian Kerr is a professional musician who has played piano, bass, and guitar for over 30 years. Julian has played with such notables as the Original Cast (One Tin Soldier & Mr. Monday – gold record hits) also with Gay Delorme, Bo Diddley, as well as numerous Calgary bands.  Veteran of many recording sessions with various artists, Julian is grateful for the knowledge and experience gained from playing with so many talented musicians.  Julian’s been teaching for the past 10 years; and his students enjoy developing their skills with his gentle humor and support.

Visit the Trio at: melmusic.com/hamiltonetrio

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Friday, October 22, 2010 - 8:00 PM - Tickets: $20.00

Tim Williams

Tim WilliamsJuno nominee, Tim Williams has made Calgary his home for more than a decade.  He possesses an arsenal of stringed instruments, a vast repertoire of blues, rags and original songs, and an evening’s worth of anecdotes ranging from the hilarious to the historical.
Tim Williams (AB) is a blues-based singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist.  A 40-year veteran of the folk scene in North America, Tim still finds inspiration from his original Californian coffeehouse roots to blues, bluegrass, and 50's rhythm and blues and far, far beyond.  Mention blues anywhere in Canada and Tim William's name will inevitably come up.  He proves over and over what 'Living Blues' magazine said "...Tim Williams has the taste, panache and style to pull it off.”
Tim has appeared with B.B. King, John Hammond, Honeyboy Edwards, Pee Wee Crayton, George 'Harmonica' Smith, Paul Geremia, James Cotton, Queen Ida, Chubby Carrier, Johnny Young, Johnny Shines, Big Walter Horton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Taj Mahal, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Jesse Fuller, Fred McDowell, Guy Davis, Charlie Musselwhite, Fruteland Jackson and more...and that's only the blues artists.  Add to that list comics Steve Martin and Pat Paulson, Jazz musicians Larry Coryell and Mose Allison, Bluegrass giant Earl Scruggs and songwriters like Eric Anderson and Jimmy Dale Gilmore and you begin to understand the depth of the man and his music!

Visit me at: www.telusplanet.net/public/belzners

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Saturday, October16, 2010

The Magpie Cafe - Lots of laughs and a range of styles.

Featuring: Carolyn Harley, Eva Leveque and Rob Heath

The Magpie Cafe is an evening of all original music with three Alberta songwriters.
Eva Levesque is from Longview and she is a member of the all female trio, The Travelling Mabels. She brings an honesty to her writing, playing and singing that amazes and she leaves you either laughing or almost in tears. She plays guitar, mouth organ and banjo and her jokes are famous.
Rob Heath is from Edmonton and he is a story teller with a voice as warm as a winter fire and a strong finger picking guitar style. Heath is a song craftsman with an intelligent and lyric -driven blend of folk, country and pop. Rob's music has received airplay in Canada, the US and on six continents around the world.
Carolyn Harley is from Calgary and she performs a high energy mix of country, swing, folk, blue-grass and blues. Carolyn has a strong vocal style and loves to use rhythm and humour to motivate her songs and her audience.
As well as a variety of styles of music there will be a variety of styles of humour. Rob Heath's 'wry' humour; Carolyn Harley's 'dry' humour and Eva Levesque's 'laugh 'til you cry' humour.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Russell de Carle Trio - CD Release Tour

The lead singer from the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame supergroup “Prairie Oyster” tours his first solo recording; Under The Big Big Sky.

Featuring: Steve Briggs and Denis Keldie

PRAIRIE OYSTER AWARDS:

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION:

1990: Group or Duo of the Year and Single of the Year, "Goodbye, So Long, Hello"
1991: Group or Duo of the Year and SOCAN Song of the Year, "Lonely You, Lonely Me"
1992: Group or Duo of the Year, SOCAN Song of the Year, "Did You Fall In Love with Me"           and Album of the Year, Everybody Knows
1994: Bud Country Fans' Choice Award and Group or Duo of the Year
1995: Group or Duo of the Year
1996: Group or Duo of the Year

JUNO AWARDS:

1986: Best Country Group or Duo
1987: Best Country Group or Duo
1991: Best Country Group or Duo
1992: Best Country Group or Duo
1995: Best Country Group or Duo
1996: Best Country Group or Duo


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Doc MacLean's National Steel "Darker Ways" Blues Tour

Don MacLean5th Annual Blues Event will be 100 Solo Shows    (3rd performance at Carlson’s on Macleod)
Darker Ways. Roads less travelled. Blue highways.  Places found in the crease of the map.  Encounters with strangers on strange days.  A money candle in a broken window.  It's Doc MacLean, watching the tail light reflections tracking in the rear view mirror.  Doc, drinking bourbon by the roadside.  Doc with his battered 1929 National steel guitar.
Doc MacLean. He's a blues vagabond writing from the dark side of the blues highway.  He's spent the last forty years exploring the road atlas from A to Z- surfacing sometimes on big stages in fancy halls, sometimes streetside trolling for change and a meal.  No managers, agents, record companies.  No fancy new guitars. He's a traveller, a collector and teller of songs and stories- a songster in the blues tradition.  Blues Revue magazine called him "the Prince of Darkness."
Doc MacLean’s National Steel “Darker Ways” Blues Tour.  September through December 2010.  One hundred shows, coast to coast.  No venue too big or too small, no place too forsaken.  Now booking and accepting expressions of interest from all Canadian territories.  Bring The Blues to Your Town.
Darker Ways will be the 5th annual outing of the all acoustic, coast to coast National Steel Blues series.  In a departure from large venue, songs and stories in the round presentations, Darker Ways will be a solo presentation focused more on smaller towns and smaller rooms.  “I’m looking forward to exploring some deep blues in these settings,” says Doc, “I’m planning the most intimate, story filled shows that I’ve had a chance to do in years.”

Follow this Year’s Tourdarkerwaysbluestour.blogspot.com

Last year Doc MacLean’s National Steel “Century” Blues Tour played 104 back to back shows in nine provinces and two territories. Over ten thousand people took in the live, all Canadian show which encompassed major festivals, theatres, casinos, concert halls, bars, cafés, gas stations and kitchen parties from coast to coast. With guest star Big Dave McLean, and sponsorship from music giant Long and McQuade, the Century was the most comprehensive blues tour ever mounted in Canada. Upcoming broadcast recordings on CBC’s “Canada Live,” and “Saturday Night Blues” will share the Century Blues with an even greater audience. “It was a giant tour,” reflects Doc, “and this year’s Darker Ways presentation will actually be a huge tour as well— only this time it will be a very, very big tour of Small.”

And, with thanks to everyone, Bad Boy Blues— The big show featuring the Blues Bad Boys Doc MacLean and Big Dave McLean is now reserving and booking for summer and fall 2011.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

The John Wort Hannam Trio

From the prairies in Southern Alberta comes one of Canada’s best folk/roots songwriters, John Wort Hannam.  For five years John Wort Hannam taught grade 9 language arts on the largest reserve in Canada – The Kainai Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. But in 1997 he heard a Loudon Wainwright III record and was hooked by the music and stories.  In 1998 he bought a guitar and learnt some chords. In 2002 he quit teaching and began to pursue the dream of being a working musician.  John has achieved some fine accolades in a few short years including a mainstage performance at the 2009 Kerrville Folk Fest, three Grand Prizes at the Calgary Folk Fest Songwriting Competition, and numerous nominations and awards. With comparisons to Gordon Lightfoot, James Keelaghan, and John Prine, John Wort Hannam is a born story- teller with a keen eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs.
Nominations and Awards:

  • Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2009:  Best Song (WINNER)
  • North American Folk Alliance 2008:  Best Traditional Artist of the Year
  • Western Canadian Music Awards 2007:  Outstanding Roots Recording & Outstanding Songwriter of the Year
  • Kerrville Folk Festival 2007New Folk Competition (WINNER)
  • Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2007:  Best Song (WINNER)
  • Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2006:  Best Performance (WINNER)
  • Canadian Folk Music Awards 2005:  Best New Emerging Artist & Outstanding Singer
  • Western Canadian Music Awards 2005:  Outstanding Songwriter of the Year
  • CBC Galaxie 2005Rising Star Award (WINNER)
  • National Campus Radio Association 2005Dig Your Roots Songwriting Competition
    (
    WINNER)
  • Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2004Best Song (WINNER)

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Old Man's Beard

Old Man's BeardMichael Shaver - Guitar, Vocals and Songwriting        
Jesse Clarke - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals and Songwriting
Darrin Herting - Bass and Percussion        
Leon Power – Drums       
Stephanie Webster - Vocals and Percussion

From the black heart of coal country in British Columbia's Elk Valley, Old Man's Beard began as the song writing duo of Michael Shaver and Jesse Clarke.  Since forming in early 2008, Jesse and Mike have forged a repertoire of original music that exposes the good, the grand, and the unknown.  As a duo they have excited audiences with their unique blend of reggae, boot-stompin' folk, and rock and roll.  After relocating to the interior of BC, the duo has evolved into a five-piece unit that includes Darrin Herting (formerly of Arthur Funkarelli) on bass, Leon Power (Steve Brockley, Herting Verberg Power Trio) on drums, and Stephanie Webster's beautiful vocals.  Rich, well-placed harmonies, toe-tappin' rhythms and streamlined guitar work have become standard for a band that has been able to move crowds of young and old, lovers and enemies, Aussies and Englishmen, damsels, dames and dukes.  After a winter of writing and recording, the band has released its first album, 'The River,' and are currently touring in support of the disc.  Old Man's Beard have had their song 'Dawson Bound' featured on the popular television show Daily Planet.  Since mid-July, 'Tofino' has received play on CBC radio's province-wide program, All Points West. The group recently performed as part of the 2009 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival and participated in the 2009 British Columbia Interior Music Awards (BCIMA) as a performer and nominee in the Best New Artist category.  Old Man's Beard loves to play music anywhere and anytime for their growing fan base that is quickly reaching across the Canadian landscape.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Ann Vriend

Ann VriendAnn Vriend: "The Aretha Franklin of Americana"
“With her soaring vocals, impressive song-writing ability, and instrumental prowess, Vriend is truly an all-in-one package." – Obscure Sound, NYC

Ann Vriend (pronounced Vreend) was born in Vancouver, BC. When her parents discovered their 3-year-old could play nursery songs on a Fisher Price xylophone, they encouraged her musical development by enrolling her in violin lessons. At the age of nine, when Vriend sought to accompany herself as a songwriter, she took piano lessons from an elderly woman down the street who charged $5 per visit. In high school, Vriend reluctantly performed 3 of her compositions (meant to be sung by friend instead of her) at a talent show. Accolades from her fellow students evolved into various projects with older students in bands, and eventually into praise from critics, the media, and fans around the world.

Vriend's vulnerable yet exquisite voice is often the first thing that turns heads; it has been described as an enchanting cross between Dolly Parton and a young Aretha Franklin, while her story-like but often enigmatic lyrics reveal her lauded literary depth, influenced by writers such as Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, and Thom Yorke.

Vriend's songs maintain a natural knack for melody, garnering her hits on both independent and commercial radio stations in her home town of Edmonton, Alberta. Her music has been featured in a television show DVD release, and she was commissioned to write a song for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

From composition to composition her music varies between folk, retro soul, Americana, college pop, and jazz influenced numbers, yet she maintains a consistency of sound in her immediately recognizable vocal and lyrical approach. Vriend’s quirkiness and self-taught piano stylings draw comparisons to Regina Spektor and Kate Bush, though she also has a country and soul vocabulary in the vein of Ray Charles and Lyle Lovett. In short, "When it comes to women with pianos, there are endless comparisons to make, but Vriend stands out from the crowd" (Drum Media, Australia).

Vriend is also known for her live performances, balanced perfectly between breathtaking, heartbreaking songs and charming, witty humor, and resulting in over 12,000 album sales to date as an independent artist, sold almost entirely from off the stage. It is common for people to cry during her performances. (And laugh!). Vriend has headlined at festivals as far away from home as Germany and Australia, and is as comfortable performing in the humble setting of a house concert as she is on stage at famous theatres. At the moment Vriend is recording her next studio album, which she will release and tour during the 2010/2011 season in Germany, Australia, and Canada.

Known increasingly as "an artist not content to follow" (CKUA Radio) Vriend continues to make loyal fans wherever she goes. David Ritz, author of many biographies (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye) writes: "Once every generation... a singer-songwriter emerges with the creative fire to set the music world ablaze. Ann Vriend has the fire."

Visit Ann at www.annvriend.com

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Calum Graham

With guest artist: Sarah Clark

Calum Graham is poised to be setting the bar for guitar grooviness for many years to come.  His tunes are energetic, infectious, and show a compositional maturity well beyond what I would normally expect to hear from such a young player.  What can I say, I'm a fan!"  -  Don Ross (Two time winner of the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship)

Keith Smith  “The older I get, the less I’m inclined to believe in talent.  The lack of it is so often the excuse for not  trying.  It’s no accident that the best players are, without exception, the ones who worked the hardest, so it’s always inspiring when you hear a guitar player of Calum’s youth who has already demonstrated the huge commitment it requires to approach a real mastery of the instrument.”  -  Keith Smith (One of Canada’s finest Jazz Guitarists)

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Saturday, September 17,18, 19, 2010

Alberta Arts Days

FEATURING:

NEVILLE PALMER (Photographer), Reflective Eye Photography
GEORGE CANYON (Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Artist, Photographer & more)

 The following artists will be displaying exceptional works of art at Carlson’s on Macleod during Alberta Arts Days.  The artists will be on site (as time permits) in order to discuss their work and answer your questions.

  • ERIC PETERSON (Metal & Stone Sculptor), Hammer N’ Chisel Stone Works
  • ALICIA QUIST (Artist), Portraits in Pastel
  • ANNA SWANEPOEL (Artist), Art@Aswan
  • ANNEKE SWANEPOEL (Artist), Age 10, School: Holy Spirit Academy

Carlson’s on Macleod is a strong supporter of the visual & performing arts in High
River and we are particularly proud of this year’s line-up for Alberta Arts Days.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Benefit Concert

Featuring BRUCE INNES and “THE ORIGINAL CASTE”

Although this concert was originally going to be a “No Cover Charge” type of event,
Bruce Innes and Carlson’s on Macleod have decided to turn this concert into a
fundraiser for the Museum of the Highwood
It would be appreciated if concert goers were to support this
very worthwhile cause and make a (voluntary) contribution to The Museum Of The Highwood.  A representative of the museum will be on hand in order to receive your donation.  It is noteworthy that 100% of the contributions will go to the museum.

Seating capacity will be limited to the first 90 persons to arrive.


THE ORIGINAL CASTE brings enormous experience and talent to the stage. Known for impeccable four-part harmonies and on stage energy, Bruce and The Original Caste are equally at home in folk, blues, pop and jazz genres.

BRUCE INNES Guitar <> Vocals <> Piano
Bruce is the founding member of The Original Caste and the visionary for the group’s sound. He has a musical history of gold records and several top ten hits as a songwriter. He is the complete package in music and entertainment: a singer of distinctive style and unique expressiveness; a witty and humorous entertainer; a consummate musician on both the 6 and 12-string guitars, as well as piano.

JULIAN KERR Guitar <> Keyboard <> Vocals <> Bass
Julian is a veteran member of The Original Caste and the go-to-virtuoso. He is equally adept at guitar, keyboard, bass and vocals. His musical technique and expertise elevate every song. His guitar and keyboard solos are legendary and continue to dazzle audiences wherever The Original Caste performs.

SHELLEY JONES <> Vocals <>
Shelley has a sound and style that is soulful, passionate, and intense. From pop bands and jazz trios to big bands and symphony orchestras, Shelley is a highly experienced stage performer with a unique, inventive, original style. Her passion and commitment for music is evident to Original Caste audiences in her expanding fan base in North America.

RANDY SHEPHERD Bass <> Vocals
Randy is an exceptional vocalist and exciting rhythmic bass player who has performed throughout Canada, Europe and the Orient. He brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to excellence and fun to The Original Caste.

Bruce Innes is a singer of remarkable style and expressiveness, a gifted songwriter of unique wit and humor, and a consummate performer on acoustic guitar and piano with an impressive command of musical styles ranging from blues and folk to pop and standards reflecting a long musical heritage which includes international top ten hits and gold records. He is an extraordinary musician and a captivating entertainer.
Bruce Innes’ career has been most fortunate. He has recorded many albums, had hit records, written songs for other notable performers, produced award winning recordings and worked with numerous celebrities. From this background, Bruce crafts a show rich in music, song, entertainment, and musical history punctuated with personal experiences and observations - from an overnight stay in a Mexican hoosegow with Hunter Thompson, to games of baci ball in the Canadian woods with members of the Chad Mitchell Trio, to an all-nighter on a beach after a movie wrap party with one of Hollywood’s legendary imbibers.
PERFORMING on stage and television throughout the world, APPEARING with fabulous talents such as Joni Mitchell, Josh White, Ray Charles, The Carpenters, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Ian Tyson, and Seals and Croft , WRITING two top ten international hits, PRODUCING The Western Music Association 2003 album of the year, AIRPLAY world wide for his latest CD, Nothin But The Blues, on blues radio stations in France, Sweden, Spain, U.S., Argentina, and Australia, CONTINUING to collect new fans, friends, and experiences which he weaves into story and song - all of this is a part of the fabric of a very personal performance by a masterful musician and entertainer. Enter as an audience member, become a fan and leave as a friend. This is the hallmark of a Bruce Innes show.
About the Original Caste: The Canadian pop group was founded by Bruce Innes in Calgary, Alberta in 1966. Originally named The North Country Singers, the group began its career singing in coffee houses and pizza restaurants across Canada. In 1968, they moved to Los Angeles and changed the group name to The Original Caste. They recorded two singles for Dot Records and had limited success, but then signed with TA Records in 1969, a label distributed by Bell Records. At TA Records they met Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who produced their first two hit singles, One Tin Soldier and Mr. Monday, and their first album, One Tin Soldier. The success of these two songs (Certified Gold in Canada and Japan) enabled the group to tour extensively in The United States, Canada, and Japan. In 1971 Bell Records released Live in Japan Vol. 1, Live in Japan Vol. 2, and The Original Caste, Greatest Hits. In 1974, Back Home was released on Century II/ Capital records.

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Thursday August 26, 2010

SEX and the CITY II

Cosmos at Carlson’s

Details to follow

Sex And The City II:  A women’s only event designed to provide social connection and enjoyment while at the same time supporting a worthy cause that is close to every Woman’s heart.
NOTE:  Laurie Allan of Re/Max Southern Realty, Verna Leman of Hidden Charms Boutique (We don’t measure . . .  we fit) , Becky Webster of Pekisko Trading Company (An urban Prairie Boutique) and Brenda Carlson of Carlson’ On Macleod were the sponsors and the  hostesses for this unique event in 2008.  They raised approximately $10,000.00 on behalf of The Eagle Woman’s Emergency Shelter.  This year the beneficiary of their efforts will be Rowan House.  Hopefully, they will be just as successful with SEX IN THE CITY II.


Rowan House Emergency Shelter:
At Rowan House Emergency Shelter, our goal is to provide women and their children a safe environment that nourishes feelings of self-worth, lends an opportunity for healing and personal growth, and provides temporary housing while facilitating transition back into the community.
It is our intention to provide women and their children with services to foster coping skills that lead to a life free of violence.
We serve the rural Foothills including the communities of Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Longview, Blackie, Nanton, Vulcan, Claresholm, and the surrounding areas.  Women can also access our services from any rural or urban centre.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rehearsal Hall

Featuring Chris Gheran

Lead singer/songwriter, acoustic guitar, keyboard.
Chris Gheran has working man's demons to exorcise, complaints to make, and passions to put into unique phrasing with tunes that pulse in your right brain.
Chris is well-known in the live music scene in Calgary, Alberta. His first album "Monster" was recorded at Sundae Sound, where he has just finished recording "Coup d'etat", released April 9 2010.
Chris has been selected to perform at the 2010 Calgary Folk Music Festival!  He'll be bringing out some of his new tunes and collaborating with other artists.
Chris opened for Jonathan Richman with a phenomenal solo set in concert at the Martha Cohen Theatre in the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts as part of Sled Island 2008.
Chris will be the opening act for  The Wailin’ Jennys (from Texas) when they do their Calgary performance this year.
Energy 101.5 interviewed Chris as did both CJSW and X92.9 with live performances.  The band was highlighted in Bands to Watch.  Chris won a singer/songwriter contest at Shotz Bar & Grill, and he and his band were semi-finalists in both the FUEL 90.3 rock Star 2008 and Blind Beggar Big Rock/X92 Original Music Showcase.  Chris performed in Revelstoke and was a finalist at Rockanagan in Kelowna.
Complimentary reviews have been published by The Calgary Herald, Swerve, FFWD, BeatRoute, The Gauntlet, and the SAIT Weal.
An intensely personal portrait of the artist as a conscientious consenter, Coup d’état reveals Gheran’s sympathy and cynicism in equal allotments, tenderly balancing perceptions of duty and personal accountability on the head of inbound missile—an unusual choice for a fan of the Beatles and Dylan.  Tapped to perform at this year’s Calgary Folk Festival, Gheran’s earnest but fun-loving style breathes new life into historical subject matter, making it accessible to even the rawest folk music cadet.      Christine Leonard for BeatRoute

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Mark DeJong Simon Fisk Collective

Classic Jazz

Mark DeJong joined the University of Saskatchewan music department as a jazz sessional instructor in September 2004. Originally from western Canada, Mark studied saxophone performance at the University of Calgary under J. Clark Reid. Mark holds a Masters in jazz performance from Rutgers University, and is active as a performer and clinician throughout North America. He has appeared at major festivals, recorded for CBC Radio, adjudicated for the Kiwanis Music Festival, and has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Lennie Pickett, Loren Schoenberg, Kenny Wheeler, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Ralph Bowen, Sean Jones, Dean McNeill, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, and PJ Perry.
During his three-year stint in New Jersey, Mark helped to form the Outer Bridge Ensemble, an all-original jazz quintet that has performed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival as well as many New York clubs including the 55bar, the Knitting Factory, Detour and others.
"Mark DeJong is one of the finest tenor players working in the jazz mainstream, a fact that's concealed by his Saskatoon residence. His playing is imaginative and grounded, thoughtful and passionate, and there's a luminosity that comes through everywhere on his CD The Unknown."      Review from Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life Magazine

Collaborations (in no particular order):
Outer Bridge Ensemble, David Braid, Stefano Senni, Polyjesters, Dean McNeill, Unity Quartet, Jens Lindeman, Jerrold Dubyk, Simon Fisk, Aaron Young, Jerome Jennings, The Finns, The Duprees, Brassfire, James Zollar, Metro Jazz Ensemble, Johanna Sillanpaa, Jon McAslin, The Jazz Lobsters, The Brenan Brothers, Jeff Antoniuk, Sean Jones, Jim McFalls, Brad Turner, Joel Gray, Achille Succi, Craig McCaul, Hugh Fraser, Paolo Benneditti, Lena Gilbert, Merkava, Prairie Fire, B.J. Harris, Brett Balon, Thom Bennett, Kodi Hutchinson, Tyler Hornby, Steve Hoy, Mark Peetsma, Rick Sealock, Carsten Rubeling, Hal Schrenk, Steve Hudson, Richard Carnegie, Oscar Noriega, Dave Pierce, Ron Olender, Tommy Banks, Denzal Sinclaire, Jennifer Bell, Bill Mahar, Richard Gagnon, David Freeman, Leena Gilbert, Mustafa Bhagat, Kristian Alexandrov, Jeremy Coates, Mike Noordzy, Paul Rucker, Marianne Trudel, Kenny Wheeler, Barb Hamilton, Kelly Jefferson, Mike Downes, Arlan Kopp, John Neelin, Teegan Jeffers, Ross Ulmer, Mark Nikirk, Charles Stolte, Rubim deToledo, Russ Whitehead, Greg Gatien, Soren Nissen, Rachel Owens, Ralph Bowen, Corey Rawls, Melvin Jones, Ted Chubb, JazzWorks, Earl McDonald, Lee Hogans, Rob Somerville, Scott Poll, Keith Krushel, Sheri Harrington, Mike Rud, Ross Ulmer, John Taylor, David Gilliland, Peggy Mezei, Tim Tamashiro, Rosemarie MacDonald, Campbell Ryga, Diastema Saxophone Quartet, Nikki Imbach, David Eagle, Cynthia Beyea, Kim Allen, Steve Haines, Jeff Johnston, Bill George, Gerry Hebert, Peter DiCarlo, Rob Young, Yardbird Suite, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts, MusiCamp Alberta, Saskatoon Jazz Society, TD Canada Trust High School Jazz Intensive, Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, Old Firehall Jazz Festival, Brandon Jazz Festival, Vic Lewis Festival, Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

Simon Fisk - double bass/analog mod synth/noises
Orginally from the East Coast of Canada, Simon moved to the West Coast in the spring of 1995 after finishing a Bachelor of Music degree at St. Francis Xavier University.  He very quickly became a sought after bassist on the Vancouver jazz scene, performing and recording in a variety of bands, and various projects.  In ’99 Simon connected with Michael Kaeshammer and toured Canada, USA, and Europe with the young boogie/stride pianist.  Ending his long stint with Kaeshammer in 2003, Simon embarked on his own solo career, releasing two CD’s with his much-applauded ‘Simon Fisk Trio’.  The first, ‘Trainwrecks’ was nominated for a Western Canadian music award (Outstanding Jazz Recording) in 2003, and the second, ‘Intent’, was nominated for a pair of Leo Awards for Best Video and Direction. Both releases  received  tremendous response from the critics, and audiences alike.
“While Fisk, Gestrin and Foster are impressive players, they show a maturity that elevates them beyond personal ego; they make each tune paramount. They show a sense of space and looseness that places them in the company of other great young piano trios, including Brad Mehldau’s group and the Esbjorn Svensson Trio. With Trainwrecks, Simon Fisk introduces a new trio that deserves greater exposure; they provide continuing evidence that, along with the few groups that are truly peers, the piano trio is alive and well and still evolving.”  Jazz Review.com /03
Simon’s music has received airplay on Jazz Stations around the globe, from New York to Jakarta, Argentina to Australia.
“Simply superlative. World class. I'll place this on the good-stuff CD shelf right next to Ron Carterand Buster Williams.  Sweet, soulful and spellbinding.  When you play New York, let me know.”  Frank Matheis, WKZE 98.1 FM in NY/CT/Mass.
Simon has become well known , not only for his bass playing, but for his writing style Seemlessy blending folk/spiritual/free improvised/art rock/electronics,  with a modular sense of composition  that gives his music open spaces, sonic textures, noise and sweet soulful melodies.
“Not only is Fisk up to par in regards to his playing, his writing shows a maturity and democracy that many young musicians his age only dream of.”  Randy McElligot Dec(03) jazzreview.com

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

JR Shore

jr shoreAt the crossroads between Nashville Tennessee, Austin Texas and Calgary, Alberta, lives the musical soul of J.R. Shore.  Shore, an award-winning songwriter, is equal parts storyteller, social commentator and performer.  Shore's songs provide a glimpse into years gone by, as well as present day characters with melody and lyrics that have audiences hanging on every line.
A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Shore began his musical career in the early 90's with the Grateful Dead inspired, Hiway 2.  Original projects, Sgt. Singalong and the Military and Panama Red followed, with Shore developing greater and greater depth in his writing and performing. In 2004, Shore and his wife relocated to Music City, U.S.A.  He seized the opportunity to see first-hand, what it takes to write and play with some of the best in the business.  Extended journeys through the American South gave Shore a taste of where his music came from.  Having the opportunity to rub shoulders with Buddy Miller, Chip Taylor and Guy Clark gave Shore the inspiration to spread
his own wings wide and carve his own path.  After two years in Nashville, playing such venues as The Bluebird Cafe, Mercy Lounge and The Basement,  Shore was ready to return back to his home turf, Calgary, Alberta, and ply his songwriting trade in some familiar digs.
Upon his return home in 2007, Shore entered the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting competition with one of his originals and another song co-written with his wife.  These two songs won the best song by a newcomer and best song about Alberta, respectively.  Another trip to the finals of the
competition in 2008, and subsequent award, has firmly solidified his place among this province's best songsmiths.
Life in Nashville, and success back home, showed him that people wanted, and even more, needed, to hear these creations.  From stories of retired bee keepers to tales of youth of the Navajo Nation, Shore's songs were meant to be heard.
Along with some of Canada's finest musicians, Shore plays unforgettable, organic music that is as welcomed in a 30-seat listening room, as it is in front of a 20,000-person outdoor concert.  Performances at The Calgary Folk Music Festival, Cochrane Valley Folk Club, Canada Day Celebrations and listening rooms throughout Canada, prove his versatility.
On the heels of Shore's critically successful 2008 debut album, An Impeccable Shine, his sophomore record, Talkin' on a Bus, will be released in July, 2010.  Produced by Edmonton's own, Barry Allen, Talkin' On a Bus is one of the most highly anticipated albums to come out of Alberta this year.
Much like one of his influences, Tom Waits, Shore's performances are rare.  As a craftsman of song, these rare performances, as demonstrated with repeated sold-out shows throughout Western Canada, are not to be missed.

Visit JR @ www.jrshore.com

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Thursday August 12, 2010

THURSDAY NIGHT PIANO BAR

Featuring: Sarah Masterman

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Friday, August 13, 2010

3rd Annual “DEAD ELVIS DAY” with Steve Pineo and his band

Steve Pineo is the writer of “Canadian Man” by Paul Brandt and “Too Bad For Me” by Prairie Oyster. He is also a unique and talented performer in his own right. Working as a solo act, with an acoustic trio, with a four piece roots rock band or an 8 piece horn band, Steve’s sound is immediately recognizable. Like Ry Cooder and Mark Knopfler, Steve is a virtuoso guitar player who’s style was originally blues-based but has expanded its palette over the years. Also like Cooder and Knopfler, Steve writes about characters who could be part of a soundtrack in a “slice of life” movie. His flair for sly satire and gentle humour is comparable to John Prine and Ray Davies.
Over the years, Steve has gone from promising new-comer to respected veteran while maintaining the integrity of his work in a changing marketplace. Steve has shared the stage with a who’s who of the Canadian and international music scene and appeared at numerous folk, blues and jazz music festivals.
Steve was born in Toronto Ontario, learned guitar at age nine, moved to Calgary in 1978, went to Western Canada High School, took a brief stab at post secondary at U Vic., and then started his musical career. He played solo acoustic gigs at the Kensington Deli Café one night and blues gigs at the King Eddie the next day and was virtually unstoppable at house parties. With a legendary bag of songs, he could sing until sun up without repeating a tune. Although he’s a little older and wiser now, Steve Pineo still pursues his music with a relentless, restless passion and a thirst for truth and inspiration that will continue for the rest of his life.

Kit Johnson is a veteran bassist as well as the co-author of the Alanna Miles hit “Lover of Mine”. He is much in demand as a band leader, producer and back up musician. He also leads a successful Neil Young tribute called “All Neil All Night” as well as playing bass in the Joe-Defendents with Steve Pineo and Tim Leacock.

Tim Leacock is a legendary Calgary rocker, leading such bands as the Burners and National Dust. Since packing in his day job, he has been one of Calgary’s busiest side-men, backing up such stalwarts as Tom Phillips, Cam Penner, Greg Cockerill and Karla Anderson on guitar, bass and mandolin. Expect his long awaited debut C.D this fall.

Kelly Kruse is a well seasoned drummer specializing in blues. He is also an excellent guitarist and flutist. Kelly leads a sensational dance band called “Kelly and the Krusers” as well as playing drums every Monday night at Mikey’s Blue Mondays featuring Steve Pineo.

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Thursday August 5, 2010

THURSDAY NIGHT PIANO BAR

Featuring: Sarah Masterman

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sarah Masterman and Nadine Veroba

Sarah Masterman combines thoughtful lyrics with a hauntingly smooth, rich voice to present a unique blend of songs including folk, pop, soul, jazz and blues.  Her piano playing serves as the ideal compliment to her powerful voice.
Born and raised in High River, she graduated from the vocal performance program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton in 2006 and performed in many bands and groups while at school.  Since graduation, she has spent as much time performing, recording and song-writing as possible.
Influenced by the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Eva Cassidy, Etta James, Sarah Slean and Ruthie Foster, this talented young singer/songwriter sings the songs that speak to her heart.
Nadine Veroba has been singing, songwriting and performing since she was 12.  She has completed both the Grant MacEwan Composition Program and a music education degree at the University of Alberta. 
She also performs with Musicalmania! Productions (a musical theatre company based out of St. Albert) and has performed at many Edmonton Fringe Festivals. 
Originally performing together at Grant MacEwan College, Sarah and Nadine proved to be a dynamic vocal duo and have continued to sing harmonies for each other for various gigs and recordings.  Join them for an evening of music that will stir your soul.

Nadine Veroba has been singing, songwriting and performing since she was 12. She has completed the Grant Macewan Composition Program, and is currently finishing a music education degree at the University of Alberta. She also performs with Musicalmania! Productions (a musical theatre company based out of St. Albert) and has performed at many Edmonton Fringe Festivals. Nadine is in the process of recording a demo with Sarah Masterman on backing vocals.  

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Friday July 23, 2010

Mark Lorenz (hard core country, ignited with driving rock n' roll)

Mark LorenzMark Lorenz’s passion for music started early. While traveling throughout North America, competing in horse shows with his parents; one could always hear Mark singing along to the likes of Marty Robbins, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Bryan Adams and John Cougar Mellencamp. Mark's first studio experience was brought about by a dare to record a country song for a friend’s birthday. From there, Mark's passion for country music escaladed from singing a few tunes for family and friends to eventually performing at local venues.

In 1996, Mark had the opportunity to showcase within the “squared circle” at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. This prestigious opportunity only amplified his passion for country music. Mark recruited his band, and began touring extensively throughout Canada and the USA, at clubs such as Caravan in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Saddlelite in Rock Springs, Wyoming; Houston's in Brandon, Manitoba; and Coyote's in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Mark went back to the studio to record a 5 song EP called Reputation in 1998. He released the title track “Reputation” to radio across Canada and received some solid airplay. Mark filled his calendar with 48 weeks of the year out on tour, including a spot at the Merritt Mountain Music Jamboree.
In 2006, Mark recorded his sophomore CD Black, a ten song album (9 of which Mark wrote himself), including the single “Sweet Summer Nights” which was written for the Airdrie Pro Rodeo Association. The CD release party was held in front of a hometown crowd of 10,000 people. Four singles from the album; "Hillbilly State Of Mind," "Wouldn't Change A Thing," "The Way She Walks Away" and "Sweet Summer Nights;" received airplay on Canadian country radio. Mark continued to play venues across the country including Big Valley Jamboree, Telus Country Music Festival, and Airdrie Pro Rodeo.

Since 1997 this native Albertan has frequently traveled back and forth to Nashville honing his writing skills. Pairing with numerous seasoned songwriters in Nashville and Canada; this combination has attributed in the development of the singles on his newest CD "Route 72", released in spring 2009. The album taps into Mark’s writing creativity and includes the first single released to radio across Canada, “You Wreck Me” which was co-written with Julian Austin. Branded with his own country twist, Mark does a countryfied upbeat remake of the John Fogerty tune, “Centerfield.” This summer Mark filmed two videos in support of the album, “Somewhere in Alberta” and “Like A Radio,” the current single at Canadian radio.

A born entertainer, Mark's likes to give back to the community, from hosting his annual charity golf tournament, to entertaining on many other charity event stages. He continues to play festivals, jamborees as well as finding himself front and centre stage opening for artists ranging from Road Hammers, Clay Walker, Tracy Byrd, Emerson Drive, Johnny Reid to Trooper and April Wine.

With Mark's music being a blend of hard core country, ignited with driving rock n' roll; attributes to this seasoned singer/songwriter's ability to continually enthrall audiences... leaving even the reluctant ... hollering for more after each performance.

Visit Mark @ www.marklorenz.ca

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Seanachie

Seanachie (shaw-na-key) came into being as a band in 1994 and soon established itself as one of the most highly regarded Celtic groups in Western Canada. Earning accolades for their live performances and their first two CDs (Telling Tales and Quarrel With Whisky). Seanachie has developed a loyal following both in Canada and in the United States. More recently, released a CD (A Parting Cup) and a collaborative CD (Five Days In April) with a Portland based group going by the name “Raven”.
Seanachie has an outstanding line-up of seasoned professional musicians. True to their name (Seanachie is Gaelic for “Story Teller), the group weaves together stories in song and inspiring, exciting instrumental compositions. Scotland born Gordon MeCulloch creates compelling songs and delivers them with a truly remarkable voice. Ann Gray has won piping awards throughout North America and Scotland. She composes and arranges most of Seanachie's instrumental repertoire. Robin Tufts brings his highly regarded skills as a percussionist and kit drummer to the mix. Peter Clark deepens the groove with bass, baritone and acoustic guitars. Completing the line-up is Barbra Rose Olorenshaw, who brings tremendous abilities to the group as a fiddler and singer.
The group's other credits include live performances across Canada and in the United States. In 2003, the band performed at the Celtic festival in Montevideo, Uruguay. Seanachie's receive frequent radio play on CKUA and the group has appeared on television programs including the Vicki Gabereau Show, Good Morning Canada,, CBC's Rough Cuts and the “A” Channel's Big Breakfast and Wired. Their music video (The Waulking Set) has had regular rotation on CMT.

After a brief hiatus and some solo projects, Seanachie is back together, playing engagements and looking forward to connecting with their audience once again.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Rehearsal Hall

Featuring Doug Andrew and The Circus In Flames

This will be Doug’s third visit to Carlson’s on Macleod. If you are curious as to why we have asked him to come back yet again, I suggest that you take advantage of this no cost opportunity. You’re in for a treat because this man and his band are truly oozing with talent and they put on a very good show. Don’t miss this one!

Gordon Belsher & Richard Wood

In a career that started in the Vancouver independent music scene in the early 1980’s, over the years Doug Andrew has shared the stage with everyone from the Ramones to Raffi to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.  Beginning with bands like Shanghai Dog, he has continued to write songs and is today recognized as an accomplished singer-songwriter respected by critics, peers and music fans alike.  His latest CD, A Little Bit of Gasoline, recorded with his band The Circus In Flames has drawn rave reviews, being hailed as “Brilliant. 9 out of 10” by Americana UK.  It follows The Circus in Flames self-titled debut disc which was described by Dirty Linen as “a strong argument for indie release of the year” in addition to earning four stars from America’s All Music Guide.  As well, C.B.C. Radio has nationally broadcasted the band in concert and has consistently aired both CDs on a number of programs.
Most recently, The Circus In Flames joined such artists as former Byrd, Chris Hillman, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Lightfoot and Jennifer Warnes on The Gift: A Tribute To Ian Tyson released by Stony Plain Records and distributed by Warner Music.  The group was honored to welcome legendary steel guitarist Buddy Cage (New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird, Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks) onto their version of the Tyson classic, Someday Soon which the Toronto Star chose as the “Top Track” after rating the album “3½ out of 4 Stars.”
Andrew formed The Circus In Flames in the mid-90’s when asked to play at a friend’s St. Patrick’s Day bash.  It has since grown to include various musicians, frequently touring Western Canada, appearing at several folk and music festivals and garnering critical acclaim.  The group’s “unique but rooted musical vision” (Vue Weekly) has inspired the description “garage string band” but its sound can be difficult to pin down.
Although there is a certain familiarity about the music, stemming from its roots in traditional country, folk, and blues, at its heart are Andrew’s songs.  Their “slightly twisted, always interesting storyline lyrics” are delivered “with an energetic thrust that falls just shy of reckless abandon” says Peter North of The Edmonton Journal.  He is “an untapped talent for wryly observant story-like essays” writes The Vancouver Province’s Tom Harrison while Warren Footz of See Magazine says Andrew’s songs “should shuffle him off into the Canadian musical songwriting hierarchy”.  They stand on their own, performed solo on guitar, or can work within the context of a band.  “Sheet metal country,” Doug Andrew describes the music. “It bangs and rattles and booms, generally making a fair amount of noise, but it can also be light and quiet.  It can go from sounding like a runaway locomotive thundering down the mountain without any brakes, to a wind slipping through the forest at midnight.”

Visit Doug at: www.dougandrewmusic.com

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Friday July 9, 2010

Art Adams  With the Mark Sadlier-Brown band

Rockabilly legend Art Adams is well known for his two 45s — Indian Joe/Rock Crazy Baby (Cherry #1004) released 1959 and Dancing Doll/She Don't Live Here No More (Cherry #1018/1019) released 1960.
Despite the success of these two singles, Adams quit the music business in 1968.  Little did he know that during the next 30 years, copies of Rock Crazy Baby would circulate around the world, making him an underground legend.
Since his return to live music in 2003, Adams has been going strong.  He has released four CDs: Rock Crazy Baby (2003-Collector Records), Rockin’ My Way Around (2005-Collector Records), Dancing Doll (2006-Flying Saucer Records), The Truth (2009-Smoking Ace Records) as well as a recent 50 year anniversary 45 (2009-Norton Records.)  His original recordings have been re-released on numerous compilation records including the 2006 Rhino records box set “Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk and Rockabilly.”
As one of the few original rockabilly artists still playing today, Adams has become an in-demand performer in today’s new rockabilly scene.  He has played at clubs and rockabilly festivals around the world including: Las Vegas, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Sweden, Spain, France, England, Green Bay, Chicago, Pittsburgh...etc.
The (supporting case) band is a group of good friends and family of Mark Sadlier-Brown.  Mark has been playing is own kind of rootsy, rockabilly, folk and proto jazz music for years.  He played with the Alien Rebels for ten years.  He also wrote "spur of the moment" songs for the local CBC station in Calgary.  He is also presently a member of "The Highwater Jug

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UPDATED  Thursday July 15, 2010

Small Town Band

Featuring: Herb Johnson (Sax), Carla Schmidt (Vocals & percussion), Ron
Schmidt (Base), Lars Gording (Guitar) and Brian Evans (Drums) & Stephen Evans (Piano)

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Hamiltone Trio

Featuring:  Dave Hamilton, Mel Wilson & Julian Kerr

The Hamiltone TrioDave Hamilton not only plays the guitar, he is a master of the guitar.  Dave is also actively involved in studio production for many artists and can be reached at Hamiltone Productions.
Dave Hamilton has been producing music since the early 1980's and has owned and operated his own studio, Hamilton Productions, since 1990.  For over 30 years he has been playing guitar professionally and he has won the "Alberta Instrumentalist of the Year" award three consecutive years (1990 / 91 / 92).  Over the years Dave has played Country, Country Rock, Pop Music, Jazz, Western Swing and various other styles of music that he can delve into for inspiration, as well as copying the styles heard on the radio today.
Mel Wilson has played with such luminaries as Diamond Joe White, Ian Tyson and Amos Garrett.

(Mel) Wilson’s been playing guitar since he was 12, after seven years of playing piano.  He went to Midwestern University in his native Texas, studying music, but not guitar.
“I did woodwind, if you can believe that, I play clarinet,” he said with a laugh.
He’s been a professional musician since he was 15 and has played with many illustrious musicians through the years, including a long stint in Ian Tyson’s band.  He plays what he calls “traditional country,” nothing like what he says you hear these days.
“What they call country music today is pop that wasn’t good enough to play on pop stations so they call it country,” he said with a laugh.
He cites some of his main influences as Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, and Hank Williams Sr. He said a few years ago he got to play a set with Don Helms, the steel guitar player for the Drifting Cowboys, Williams’ band.    Excerpt from the High River Times

Julian Kerr is a professional musician who has played piano, bass, and guitar for over 30 years. Julian has played with such notables as the Original Cast (One Tin Soldier & Mr. Monday – gold record hits) also with Gay Delorme, Bo Diddley, as well as numerous Calgary bands.  Veteran of many recording sessions with various artists, Julian is grateful for the knowledge and experience gained from playing with so many talented musicians.  Julian’s been teaching for the past 10 years; and his students enjoy developing their skills with his gentle humor and support.

Visit the Trio at: melmusic.com/hamiltonetrio

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Thursday June 17, 2010

1942 Southern Saskatchewan Secret Social Society Meeting

Featuring: Herb Johnson (Sax), Carla Schmidt (Vocals & percussion), Ron
Schmidt (Base), Lars Gording (Guitar) and Brian Evans (Drums)

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Tim Williams

Tim WilliamsJuno nominee, Tim Williams has made Calgary his home for more than a decade.  He possesses an arsenal of stringed instruments, a vast repertoire of blues, rags and original songs, and an evening’s worth of anecdotes ranging from the hilarious to the historical.
Tim Williams (AB) is a blues-based singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist.  A 40-year veteran of the folk scene in North America, Tim still finds inspiration from his original Californian coffeehouse roots to blues, bluegrass, and 50's rhythm and blues and far, far beyond.
Mention blues anywhere in Canada and Tim William's name will inevitably come up. He proves over and over what 'Living Blues' magazine said "...Tim Williams has the taste, panache and style to pull it off.”
Tim has appeared with B.B. King, John Hammond, Honeyboy Edwards, Pee Wee Crayton, George 'Harmonica' Smith, Paul Geremia, James Cotton, Queen Ida, Chubby Carrier, Johnny Young, Johnny Shines, Big Walter Horton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Taj Mahal, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Jesse Fuller, Fred McDowell, Guy Davis, Charlie Musselwhite, Fruteland Jackson and more...and that's only the blues artists. Add to that list comics Steve Martin and Pat Paulson, Jazz musicians Larry Coryell and Mose Allison, Bluegrass giant Earl Scruggs and songwriters like Eric Anderson and Jimmy Dale Gilmore and you begin to understand the depth of the man and his music!

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Saturday June 19, 2010

Time in A Moment  -   Featuring The Artstrong Ensemble

Contemporary flute and harp
Featuring the artwork of Donald Hamm

Artstrong EnsembleThe Artstrong Ensemble, formed from the musical partnership of Flutist Sara Hahn and Harpist Olivia Ritchey, is a new age ensemble which fosters the relationship of fine and musical arts in bold new ways. The ensemble bolsters the work of new and emerging artists and composers through their concert programming, outreach, touring, and recording projects, bringing contemporary classical music into the community in an excitingly inviting new way. The ensemble's creatively themed programs invite fine artists and photographers to work directly with the musicians and their music, giving audiences a uniquely vivid exploration of sight with sound, while exposing you to the work of some wonderful up-and-coming Canadian artists.
Formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2005, the Artstrong Ensemble over the past few years has collaborated with a number of world-class musicians and artists across the country. They look forward to their future concerts and invite you to share in the experience!

Olivia Ritchey:
Harpist Olivia Ritchey is a versatile musician most active as a performer of contemporary classical music.  As a chamber player with GroundSwell New Music (Manitoba), she has premiered the work of some of North America's foremost contemporary composers, and has recorded with CBC as both a solo and chamber instrumentalist.  She is co-founder of the new age flute and harp duo, Artstrong Ensemble, currently commissioning a piece from CMC composer and violist, Arthur Bachmann.  The 2005 CBC recording of her performance of Robert Turner's Little Suite for Harp (GroundSwell: '85 Candles') is to be incorporated in a CD of the Canadian Composer's works.
Ms. Ritchey is the former Principal Harpist of the Regina Symphony and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras (2003-2007), and now maintains an active chamber and solo career while freelancing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.  She studied with Harpist Richard Turner (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra) at the University of Manitoba's School of Music, and also holds a BSc. in Biology from concurrent studies in science.  Ms. Ritchey can currently be heard live in performance across the Canadian prairies, and on CBC Radio 2's The Signal.  She resides in Canmore, Alberta.

Sara Hahn:  
Hailed by the Calgary Herald as having "beauty of tone and a wonderfully flexible phrasing", Sara Hahn began her flute career in her juniour high band class at the age of 12.  She has gone on to study with such well known performance artists as Jan Kocman of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Susan Hoeppner who is an internationally renown performing/recording solo flutist.  She has performed as a soloist throughout Canada, the United States and most recently Brazil as a guest of the Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival.  This February she performed the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sara has performed as a member of many of Canada's finest academic orchestras including the National Academy Orchestra, and the University of Toronto Orchestras.  As well, she completed an extensive three week tour of Japan and Hong Kong with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2003.  Sara has performed professionally in the position of Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and in November of 2005, Sara was chosen to become the new Principal Flutist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra — a position she has held since the fall of 2006.
Furthermore, Sara has a long list of awards and trophies for her solo flute performances, including the University of Toronto concerto competition (resulting in a solo performance with the UTSO), first place in the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competitions (19&under) and the Junior Musical Club Concerto Competition in Winnipeg — which gave her a debut performance as a soloist in front of an orchestra at the age of 17. Sara was also recently awarded first prize of $10,000 as the winner of the Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg Doris McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with Orchestra.
Sara has graduated with honors from the University of Toronto receiving a Bachelor in Music Performance degree, and she intends to pursue her dream of a life long career as a flute performer.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Gary Fjellgaard with friends Darrel de La Ronde and Saskia

For more than thirty years Gary Fjellgaard has been making a living on the road with a guitar and a song. He delights his audiences throughout North America and Europe with his masterful acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, riveting yodeling, and tales of his life in the woods. Gary takes his music to the people with a rare sincerity.
Raised on the Canadian Prairies, this award winning singer/songwriter is a champion of vanishing values and the frontier spirit. Cattle drives, wagon treks, windswept prairies, rushing rivers and working folks with ties to the land have all been a source of inspiration for his songs. His western roots music has survived categorization, and a move to Canada's West Coast has brought a universal quality to his songwriting. Gary and his wife, Lynne, make their home on Gabriola Island on Canada's west coast. His lifelong love for his wife, their four daughters, and their many grandchildren is lovingly illustrated in many of his songs.
Gary has played with some world class musicians over the years and still calls them on occasion to augment his sound. His shows range from the intimacy of the small theatre to the excitement of main stage appearances at Canada's top festivals. He looks back on a rewarding career and gratefully acknowledges the hundreds of towns and cities, and thousands of listeners who have been touched by his music.
Darrel De La Ronde and Saskia:
For those who don’t know us yet; we are a Canadian musical duo who sing and play contemporary and original folk songs. Alternatively our music has been labeled as: Country, Alt-Country, Canadiana, Folk-Rock, Folk-Roots, Gospel Pop with sub- genres under Bluegrass, Historical Folk, Celtic, and ⁄ or European Folk ⁄ Pop. So go figure! The truth is; the correct designation is “Prairie Folk.” That’s what we play. That’s who we are.
We share a prairie ancestry of Saskatchewan Metis and solid Dutch farm stock. Today we are Singers, Songwriters and Musicians with long time careers as professionals - working festivals, concerts, dance halls, pubs, cafes, weddings, parties and conventions.
Darrel is a veteran performer and sought after studio musician, whose debut album Family Tree features guest appearances by Darby Mills and Daniel Powter. Saskia has shared a stage with such notables as Valdy, Ian Tyson, Roy Forbes and more. While touring throughout Europe, Western Canada, the United States and Mexico she turned out four albums: Back in Time (with her band Déjà vu); Lady Luck; Saskia; and the highly acclaimed Christmas Dream, a fundraiser for BC and Canadian Food Banks. Together we follow our hearts and dreams with our delightful new album called Laura’s Kitchen. For your listening pleasure, we cooked up an enticing batch of songs with the help of our friends; Ken Hamm, Gary Fjellgaard, Nathan Tinkham, Alison Humphries, Jordan Stringer, Jerry Paquette and Nolan Murray ( Tiller’s Folly ). Guaranteed FAT FREE!!

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lorna MacLachlan

Lorna MacLachlan on vocals and piano, Rich Harding on saxophones (definitely one of this country's very best), John Hyde on Bass (the dean of Alberta bassists), Robin Tufts on drums and the incomparable Keith Smith on guitar.

lorna2008/2009 has been a productive year for Lorna MacLachlan. After completing her third full length recording in October (2008) entitled “Telegraphy”, which includes the commissioned work “Water Music” for the City of Calgary Water Centre ,she headed back into writing mode and, with the help of a Canada Council Grant ,spent some of her time at the Banff Centre. There she collaborated on a few projects and came home with even more ideas for her next CD project.

She continues to teach High School Music while she writes and performs and as the school year comes to an end; her performances start to pick up. Her Quintet has taken an exciting turn with the addition of bassist, Simon Fisk and, now as a regular member, Richard Harding heats things up with his incredible solos on Lorna’s originals tunes. Of course the stage is set with Robin Tufts on drums, Keith Smith on guitar and Lorna, herself, on piano and vocals.

Lorna’s music does not fit into your typical genres such as “Jazz” or “Folk”. Her background is in the classical world as a classical pianist and composer with a graduate degree in theory and composition. As a nice balance she has also spent some time studying with Dave Douglas, Hugh Fraser and, currently, with David Braid.

Her lastest CD release at the Beatniq was well received and her original music has been featured on CBC’s “Tonic” played regularly on CKUA and CBC.

Visit her at www.lornamaclachlan.com 

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Friday May 28, 2010

John Fraser and Peter Marley

A Classic Foothills Music Entertainer with an Exquisite Guitarist & Vocalist

John Fraser
Known for his deep, resonant voice and wide range of material, John has been entertaining throughout Alberta for many years with Bobcat Logic, and more recently with Vannatta, providing vocals and lead guitar.  Vannatta currently has a No 1 recording on the European Country Charts.  This concert is a bit of a departure for John, playing a much broader range of cover tunes… from Gram Parsons, Warren Zevon, to Clapton and Hendrix, with a little country and blues.  A new original tune is also in the line-up.

Peter Marley
Known as one of the finest guitarists in Western Canada, Peter has a rich history in many different styles.  He opened for Festival Express at McMahon Stadium with a group called Gainsborough Gallery, and went on to play with a variety of top Rock bands of that era.  He moved to country with Appleshine, and then played a long-standing circuit in Calgary with Linda Lewis…together they created Celebration.  They have re-formed in a jazz mode, and Peter also plays jazz single gigs throughout Calgary.  Peter will be singing the songs of Van Morrison, Steve Earl, Tom Waits, Tom Petty and others to round out a very eclectic evening.

Lady ‘C’
Caroline Lady ‘C’ Fraser is one of the top Hip Hop artists in Calgary, both in dance and vocals.  She has performed in New York, and many major venues in Calgary including Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Slammenberry Jam, U of C Dance Montage, Alberta Dance Explosions and Calgary Urban Dance Festival.  Check her out on Facebook or Youtube.  She has a unique vocal style reminiscent of ‘40’s jazz singers, and although not dancing hip hop at this venue, will add Bonnie Raitt, Ruthie Foster and an interesting original to the mix.

Paul Sahs
“The Saks Man” has produced 3 albums of personal compositions, and has been referred to as the “Hendrix of harmonicas” for his intense and powerful blues harp solos.  Paul has sat in with many different bands over the years, including TR3, Wayne Vold, and Bobcat Logic.  He will add an interesting dimension, particularly for blues fans.

Bill Zulak
It’s a well known fact that Winnipeg is famous for raising some of the finest Canadian and Internationally renowned musicians on the planet.  Violinist Bill Zulak is no exception.  Bill’s distinctive style combines his classic homegrown multi-cultural Winnipeg roots with the spirit of the new West.  Blend it all in, add a touch of jazz, bluegrass, newgrass, blues, &  rock n’ roll..........and (BAM!) you get a heapin’ helpin’ of Prairie Mountain Fiddle served up HOT!   In 2008, under the alias “Uncle Bill” he and his band-mates of Satori Life accepted a cheque for $100,000 dollars as winners of the Vibe 98 Calgary Star Search Competition!  Before calling Calgary his home in the year 2000, Bill toured the Prairies and Northern United States with The Double Eagle Band and shared stages with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Glen Campbell, John Connelly, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Danny Hull of The Doobie Brothers, April Wine, and even with the legendary Conway Twitty.  “The Ghosts That Haunt Me” is the title of The Crash Test Dummies’ foremost CD release.  Bill’s violin colours the mood on four of the milestone CD tracks for the Dummies.  Bill’s “special purpose” is to create a musical picture with sounds that only the violin can paint!

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Saturday May 22, 2010

Rehearsal Hall

Featuring: “JADEA KELLY”

 “Jadea Kelly is one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canada’s new songwriters. Her sound is pure Canadiana, that is, elements of prairie country, big city soul, and the sense to take just a little bit of both. In short, the more Jadea Kelly Canada can hear – the better”. – Tom Power, CBC Radio

“All of this comes from the vox Kelly has, with its staggering lilt and deceptive power” - Durham Entertainment

"This singer-songwriter is a popular member of the Toronto, ON roots scene, and the high quality of this, her second album, deserves to bring her wider attention. Kelly's sound falls a little more on the country side of the fence than many of her peers, and her vocals have the unaffected, openly emotional quality needed to shine in that context. This is a delightful album". – Exclaim! Magazine

Lay My Body Down: Gold-dusted mandolin provides the crowning touch to an alt-country nugget that proves you can sometimes actually play it soft without sounding more icky than Nashville circa ’93. - Georgia Straight Magazine

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Thursday May 13, 2010 -

The Kinsmen Club of High River was hosting the“2010 District 4 Convention”.

Carlson’s on Macleod welcomed the visiting Kinsmen to High River for their “BIG STEAK OUT”.

Māzandarān

Jazz and World Music for clarinets and saxophone

Featuring: Lincoln Frey, Ralf Buschmeyer,Girogios Iosefelis and Robin Tufts

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Thursday May 20, 2010

1942 Southern Saskatchewan Secret Social Society Meeting

Featuring: Herb Johnson (Sax), Carla Schmidt (Vocals & percussion), Ron
Schmidt (Base), Lars Gording (Guitar) and Brian Evans (Drums)

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Tuesday May 18, 2010

Oddio Worx Training Session

Oddio Worx (Rich Tason) will be putting on a (hands-on / realistic) training session for students from Longview.  The curriculum includes: Lighting, Recording, Recording Console Operation, Video and Still Photography.  One evening of the training course will take place at Carlson’s on Macleod.  The following musicians have volunteered their time in order to make this a realistic (live music) experience for the students:

Chuck Shifflett (Renowned Luthier & Base Player), Fay Mascher (Violin & Vocals), Lorne Moncrieff (Vocals & Harmonies), Wayne Corner (Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals), Tamars Cross (Drums / Percussion), Kelly Wilson (Dobo Player), Lisa Schroeder (Vocals, Guitar & Keyboard) and Rich Tason (Guitarist, Recording Engineer & A/V Instructor).

Upon completion of the course, the students will document the ARTS Tour Event in Longview on June 2 - 5th after which they will develop a DVD.  Proceeds will go to Longview Development Projects – helping to provide funds for a permanent stage at their park facilities.
The public is welcome to come and make this a more realistic undertaking.

For further information please visit the Oddio Worx web site at:  www.OddioWorx.net

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Saturday May 15, 2010

Peter Woods and Brian Browne - CLASSIC JAZZ

Legends Browne and Woods Hit the Stage:  From sharing the stage with jazz icon Bill Evans, to hosting his own CBC Radio program, to studying under the great Oscar Peterson...Brian Browne never fails to delight audiences with his swinging, pure jazz sound.

Peter Woods has also hit the national stage like a shooting star, taking his blistering saxophone...from festivals to local church and community events from Toronto and Halifax, Ottawa and Montreal. Woods is an incredible saxophone player!  Pembroke Observer, Thursday, Sept. 24th, 2009

Music Reviews:  Testimony, the debut release from Ottawa sax man Peter Woods, bears witness to the creative harmony found in an effective musical partnership. Woods, a relative newcomer to the scene, provides lyrical interpretations against the lush harmonic backdrop created by veteran jazz pianist Brian Browne. A fine introduction to Woods' playing, this CD also features numerous passages where Browne's distinctive solo piano sound, on a beautiful Steinway grand piano, can be fully appreciated.

Woods & Browne are a sax/piano duo that performs popular jazz standards as well as some of their own beautiful tunes.

If you haven’t seen “The Rev” Peter Woods in this particular musical incarnation, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him in another. In addition to Woods & Browne, he is a member of the Trinity Jazz Ensemble, Saints'n'Sinners, and the classic rock outfit ESP. He is also heavily involved with the Church music community, and has performed United Church worship events during the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Oh, and one more thing – He’s an incredible sax player.

Brian Browne has been on the local, national, and international jazz scene for some time now. From sharing the stage with Bill Evans, to having his own CBC programme, to studying under the great Oscar Peterson, Brian Browne’s resume list is long and impressive. But all of those amazing accolades aside, Browne is simply a phenomenal pianist as diverse and passionate as any of the greats. His is “a unique natural gift for music that is manifested through a highly individual sense of musical artistry.” In other words, you want to hear this man play the piano.  Crossroads Connections (Oct 2006) Ben Mullin

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Saturday May 1, 2010

Sweetgrass

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Friday April 23, 2010

Bruce Innes in Concert with Julian Kerr

Enter as an audience member, become a fan and leave as a friend.   This is the hallmark of a Bruce Innes show.

The Calgary Blues HoundsBruce Innes and music - stuck with each other for life.  Bruce, a native of Calgary, Alberta, began performing professionally at age 11.  In those early years, his father, a professional musician, chauffeured him to and from jobs making sure the pre-teen was home safely by midnight.  In high school, he was writing vocal parts and arrangements for his group’s performances.  At the University of Montana he began seriously writing songs which his group, The Big Sky Singers, recorded and performed. His final year in college he was hand picked by blues legend Josh White (in poor health at the time and unable to play guitar) to tour and play guitar behind Josh's vocals.  Living the blues life with Josh as mentor left an indelible imprint on Bruce’s musical style.  After the end of the tour in NYC, Bruce returned to Montana.   Playing piano in Butte he met Hunter S. Thompson who became a fan and suggested that Bruce go to California and try out a bigger stage.  Bruce took The Big Sky Singers to L.A. where they released an album with Dot Records containing songs and arrangements by Bruce.   In the yearly poll of a national jazz magazine, they were voted “best vocal group in the nation”.  The future was full of promise until the group was decimated by the sudden death of David Stiles, the lead singer.  Bruce remained in L.A. working as a studio musician and songwriter for hire. His songwriting/performing ability led to being asked to create a stage show for sports celebrity, Maury Wills, which they performed in the off season during Maury’s heyday, touring the Orient and U.S.

Bruce returned to Calgary and began performing in a little locally renowned coffee house with incredible but undiscovered performers like Joni Anderson (now known worldwide as Joni Mitchell) and David Wiffen. Using The Pig's Eye as a performance base he formed The North Country Singers with Graham Bruce, Bliss Mackie and Dixie Lee Stone.  The group performed across Canada before moving to Los Angeles and changing the group name to THE ORIGINAL CASTE.  At Dot Records they recorded two singles before signing with TA Records, a label distributed by Bell Records (Columbia).  At TA Records Bruce met Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who produced THE ORIGINAL CASTE’S first album and two hit singles, ONE TIN SOLDIER and MR. MONDAY.  The success of these two songs (Certified Gold in Canada and Japan) enabled the group to tour extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan.  Along the way Bruce collaborated with other artists, including singing with his friend, John Denver, on his Rocky Mountain High album. Bruce then took a break from the road to be at home while his two children were growing up.  He remained active, however, writing and in the recording studio.  He wrote and performed “Musictorials”, a series of humorous/satirical topical songs for Canada radio.  He wrote songs for such notable artists as Ethel Ennis (jazz), Mickey Gilley (country) and Ray Stevens (comedy).   
Proving that excellence is timeless, Bruce, in concert, creates a singular connection with audiences performing a mix of original material and other songs.  His distinctive, disarming charm and on-stage ease is the perfect backdrop for his consummate skill on guitar and piano, and unforgettable voice and style.  His shows are a tapestry of exceptional songs and anecdotes of relevance, significance and contribution to his career - some humorous, some poignant, some peeks into his friendships with the famous.  Bruce now lives in Ketchum, Idaho, performing, writing, and recording. 

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Friday, April 2, 2010

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY - NO COVER CHARGE

Doug Andrews and the Circus in Flames  from Vancouver BC

In a career that began in the Vancouver independent music scene in the early 1980's, over the years Doug Andrew has shared the stage with everyone from the Ramones to Raffi to Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
Beginning with bands like Shanghai Dog (2 vinyl releases: 1984's Clanging Bell EP & 1985's This Evolution LP) he has continued to write songs and is today recognized as an accomplished singer-songwriter respected by critics, peers and music fans alike.
His latest CD, A Little Bit of Gasoline, recorded with his band The Circus In Flames has drawn rave reviews, being hailed as "Brilliant. 9 out of 10" by Americana UK. It follows The Circus in Flames self-titled debut disc which was described by Dirty Linen as "a strong argument for indie release of the year" in addition to earning four stars from America's All Music Guide. As well, C.B.C. Radio has nationally broadcasted the band in concert and has consistently aired both CDs on a number of programs.
Most recently, The Circus In Flames joined such artists as former Byrd Chris Hillman, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Lightfoot and Jennifer Warnes on The Gift: A Tribute To Ian Tyson released by Stony Plain Records and distributed by Warner Music. The group was honoured to welcome legendary steel guitarist Buddy Cage (New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird, Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks) onto their version of the Tyson classic, Someday Soon, which the Toronto Star chose as the Top Track after rating the album 3½ out of 4 Stars.
Andrew formed The Circus In Flames in the mid-90's when asked to perform at a friend's St. Patrick's Day bash. It has since grown to include various players, frequently touring Western Canada, appearing at several folk and music festivals and garnering critical acclaim. The group's "unique but rooted musical vision" (Vue Weekly) has inspired the description "garage string band" but its sound can be difficult to pin down. Although there is a certain familiarity about the music, stemming from its roots in traditional country, folk, and blues, at its heart are Andrew's songs. Their "slightly twisted, always interesting storyline lyrics" are delivered "with an energetic thrust that falls just shy of reckless abandon" says Peter North of The Edmonton Journal. He is "an untapped talent for wryly observant story-like essays" writes The Vancouver Province's Tom Harrison while Warren Footz of See Magazine says Andrew's songs "should shuffle him off into the Canadian musical songwriting hierarchy". They stand on their own, performed solo on guitar, or can work within the context of a band.
"Sheet metal country," Doug Andrew describes the music. "It bangs and rattles and booms, generally making a fair amount of noise, but it can also be light and quiet. It can go from sounding like a runaway locomotive thundering down the mountain without any brakes, to a wind slipping through the forest at midnight."

Visit the Circus at: dougandrewmusic.com

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Miranda Sage

Don Thompson piano (multiple Juno and national jazz award winner and
recipient of the Order of Canada), Ken Lister bass (Juno), Dan Brubeck
drums (Grammy nominee and son of famous dad), Roy Styffe sax
(1st call sax 25 yrs in Toronto) with Miranda Sage on vocals.

Miranda Sage is performing at Carlson's on macleod in High RiverMiranda Sage, born in England and brought up in Canada, had an early start in musical education in piano, clarinet, saxophone, and guitar. Her vocal training was acquired at the University of Victoria, the Royal Conservatory and numerous jazz workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Ireland, including study with Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Louise Rose, and Norma Winstone. This has given her a solid base on which to build her concept of the voice as an instrument. Her credits include competitive recognition, and musical tours in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

Sage has performed with the Hugh Fraser Big Band, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival Big Band, and the Swiftsure Big Band, the Victoria International Jazz Festival, the Latin Caribbean Jazz Festival, Summer in the Park, Summer in the Square and Butchart Gardens.

She has also performed at the Isle of Wight Jazz Divas Festival in 2002 and the Mid Argyll Annual Gala in Scotland in 2004. She sang with the Jazzy Divas in Victoria in both 2006 and 2007. In June of 2007, she was a guest of Paul Grant's Hot Air on CBC radio one.

Sage’s recently released CD, Daydream, has garnered extensive airplay on CBC, Washington state's KPLU, as well as many radio stations worldwide. The title track from Daydream, has just been released on the compilation disc Jazz For A Rainy Day, on the High Note label in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China.

Earlier recordings include 1997's Standards and Originals in a Jazz Key, 2003’s Moon Tiger, and Timeless Places in 2006. All four CD's have been produced by award winning producer, Rick Kilburn.

For more information - www.mirandasage.ca

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Crystal Plamondon  -  TORCH CD release concert

Featuring Chris Andrew on piano

Crystal Plamondon - TORCHThis is the conception of my aspiration to create a TORCH concert & album to make the listener reawaken their memories and emotions and relate to the passion in my voice and soul.
Through experiencing many career highlights, in the past 20 years, I have gained a great understanding of the interests of my listeners. Through this, I have decided to truly showcase my vocal abilities and identity; Peggy Lee meets Edith Piaf!
The TORCH album has 9 jazzy standards and 1 Jennifer Warnes / Leonard Cohen original: 8 English songs and 2 French Edith Piaf songs.
The overall concept is to maintain recognition by the public that at some point in their lives, they have felt the emotions I am putting across in these TORCH songs. The listeners will be able to emotionally identify with having “been there” as a part of the soundtrack at crucial points in their lives.
It is a very touching, romantic and sensual concert that will leave you reminiscing of days gone by and wanting more romance and music in your life.
I am confident in my ability to create a successful “lien” between music and our souls, and between my listeners and me.

Visit Crystal at: crystalplamondon.com

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Friday, March 12, 2010

“HAMM and CORNER”

A casual musical evening with Don Hamm (singer / songwriter) and Wayne Corner (guitar / mandolin)

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The 1942 Southern Saskatchewan Small Town Community Hall Saturday Night Dance Band

Carla Schmidt (Vocals & Precussion)
Herb Johnson (Saxophone)
Lars Gording (Guitar)
Ron Schmidt (Bass)

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Traveling Mables

These three unique women, each with their own vocal stylings, have created an exciting and magical blend. Their strong lyrics, vocal harmonies and rhythmic melodies will be sure to keep your toes tapping, tears falling and guts busting with laughter. Collectively, they bring a wealth of their own life experiences to the stage and are creating a refreshing new sound.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Katherine Wheatley & Wendell Ferguson

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Amos Garrett Jazz Trio  - Featuring: Keith Smith

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007They don't make musicians like Amos Garrett any more.  Always a surprise, always worth your time and attention (especially in live performance), and always playing those six strings in a way that leads listeners to unexpected musical conclusions.

What there saying about Amos Garrett's latest album:

"Garrett might have met his perfect match on this tribute to singer-songwriter Perch Mayfield.  Amos Garrett's guitar work is a soulful blend of elegant  rhythmic attack and scintillating lead lines.  He has a way of turning the normal into the improbable, kind of like changing the rules in algebra, but they still work.  Performing Mayfield's music, he sneaks up on the emotions of the song's with a withered voice that feels like it's coming from a favorite friend.  Get Way Back is one of those albums that just had to be made, but is still a swinging surprise."    - -  Sun Newspapers, Los Angeles    May 16/08

"Besides booming, forceful baritone and teeming guitar solos and riffs, Garrett's adaptations are fortified by excellent horn section arrangements from Dave Babcock, and some stirring keyboard and organ contributions from Ken Whitely and Ron Casat.  Garrett's versions never loose either the flavor or the impact that their creator envisioned."    - - Nashville City Paper, Nashville, Tenn.    May 2/08

"Garrett's smooth baritone voice, his sublime guitar playing and superb band arrangements are a perfect fit for the masterful songs of Percy Mayfield, "the poet laureate of the blues."    - - Montreal Gazette  May 15/08

"Garrett, an Alberta transplant from Detroit via T.O. and Montreal, has arguably made the best record of a dam good (and long) career, playing homage to Percy Mayfield with suitably understated delivery and big times blues chops."    - - Calgary Herald    May 9/08

"Get Way Back is such a masterpiece and powerful musical statement that it leads listeners to think the marriage of Garrett's multiple gifts and Mayfield's wondrous songbook was determined by some otherworldly force."    - - Edmonton Journal    May 3/08

"Amos Garrett has completed a stirring tribute to one of the best loved and most prolific writers in all of blues.  Get Way Back may well be the masterpiece in Amos' long and storied career"  Until next time . . .

- Don & Sheryl Crow, Music City Blues, Nashville, Tenn.  May 22/08

The last time Amos performed at Carlson’s On Macleod with his Jazz Trio, there were a lot of disappointed people because it SOLD OUT so fast.  Anyone who wants to see the legendary Amos Garrett is encouraged to purchase their tickets early in order to avoid being disappointed.

Visit Amos at: melmusic.com/amos_garrett

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a Calgary-based collective comprised of some of Calgary’s most popular freelance musicians performing a mixture of traditional and contemporary jazz styles. Members include Keith Smith (guitar), Simon Fisk (bass), Robin Tufts (percussion) and Debra Rasmussen (vocals).

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Richard Wood, Gordon Belsher & Brad Fremlin

Richard Wood has been wowing audiences all across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe, and Japan for more than a decade. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America”, Carnegie Hall with Irish legends “The Chieftains”, CBC TV’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends”, and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric”. He’s performed for the Queen of England and the Emperor of Japan, he’s entertained Canadian troops in Bosnia and Afghanistan, and he was a featured performer in the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire”. Richard’s won three East Coast Music Awards, and MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians 1'st century.

Gordon Belsher was a “Roots Traditional Solo Artist” nominee at Canada’s 2008 East Coast Music Awards for his CD, “Call up all the Neighbours”. His previous solo CD, “Reel in the Flickering Light” was also nominated in that same category at the 2003 ECMA’s. As accompanist and featured vocalist with Richard Wood and Island fiddling jewel Cynthia MacLeod, Gordon has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. & Europe, and performed as part of the cultural delegation for Team Canada in Tokyo, Japan in 1999. At the 2006 Charlottetown Festival, he was featured in “Celtic Blaze” with fiddling and step-dancing jaw-dropper Stephanie Cadman, and he composed the opening anthem for the 2004 Canada Special Olympics winter games. Gordon also operates Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions recording studio out of his home in Prince Edward Island.

Brad Fremlin moved to Prince Edward Island to work as the principal drumming, piano and theory instructor at Summerside’s College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts. An accomplished percussionist and classically trained pianist, he also plays the accordion and is even bowing the musical hand saw! Brad released his first solo CD of original compositions in 2001. It includes a version of his showstopping “drum salute” on the marching snare which was recorded live in Denmark while touring the world with Richard Wood. He performed in the Charlottetown Festival’s “Celtic Blaze”, and “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”, as well as in the popular PEI show “Hedgerow”. Brad was also part of a show for Canadian and International troops in Afghanistan in 2006.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tim Williams & his Highwater Jug Band

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007There are five members of the Highwater Jug Band

John Rutherford (guitar, banjo-ukelele, percussion, vocals) is a former member of Bill Dowey's blues bands, the Ronny Hayward Trio, and the duo No Guff, as well as a broadcaster for CJSW and CKUA.

Cedric Blary (clarinet, bass clarinet) is a greaduate of both the Mount Royal and U of C Jazz programs, has performed with symphonies and Baroque ensembles as well as jazz groups, and is also the bass vocalist for The Heebie Jeebies.

Mark "Downtown" Sadlier-Brown (jug, guitar, harmonica, vocals) is an award-winning songwriter and frontman for The Alien Rebels.

 "Suitcase" James (acoustic bass guitar, "muck-bucket" two-string bass, vocals) has a resume that won't quit : a member of both the Alien Rebels and Tim Williams & The Electro-Fires, he has also been called on to provide the bottom end for Willie P. Bennett, Brent Parkin, Little Miss Higgins and more.

Tim Williams (guitars, mandolins, banjos, hawaiian guitar) has toured much of the world as a solo act and as a composer/musical director for "live" theatre projects, and produced JUNO - nominated cds for Little Miss Higgins and Ray Bonneville, while appearing as a studio musician on over 60 recordings by other artists.

Visit me at: www.telusplanet.net/public/belzners

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Friday, February 5, 2010

John Rutherford CD Release Tour


Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007John Rutherford is a singer/songwriter based in Calgary Alberta. His work, laced with the tonality, phrasing and spirit of the blues, reflects a strong blues influence and a long standing presence on the western Canadian roots and blues scene. While acknowledging his blues background Rutherford fuses rock, jazz, folk, roots music and singer/songwriter traditions creating music that is distinctly his own, transcending blues categorization.

Early exposure to blues music, lessons in blues guitar and attending countless concerts growing up in Toronto spawned a lifelong fascination with vintage guitars, radio, blues history, pop culture, old records and the people and stories that opened his ears to a mysterious and magical world of music. Moving to Calgary Rutherford emerged as a “King Eddy brat” during the late eighties heyday of the heralded east end blues haunt The King Edward Hotel. As a founding member of the local blues band The Hoodoo Sons (eventually to become the King Eddy house band) Rutherford played with and learned from many of the great legends.

In more recent years the guitarist/singer/songwriter has championed several roots music projects touring and recording with many of the best roots and blues players in western Canada including the acoustic duo No Guff with guitarist Dan Tapanila and the all-star roots collective Highwater Jug Band with Tim Williams, Suitcase James, Mark Sadlier-Brown and Cedric Blary. Rutherford has also been a regular featured artist with the Edmonton based Front Porch Roots Revue and has recorded and toured extensively with upright bassist and singer/songwriter Ronnie Hayward.

Visit me at: www.johnrutherfordmusic.com

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